- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night teams must wear matching shirts to play.
- Thursday night teams must wear full matching uniforms.
- Matching shirts and pants/shorts constitute a full uniform.
- All shorts must match and all pants must match, however shorts and pants may be mixed.
- The pants must all match each other and the shorts must all match each other.
- All shirts must have numbers, no two shirts may have the same number.
- Once a players name and shirt number have been placed on the scorecard no other player may wear that number during the game.
- Doing so will cause the ejection of the player and his manager.
- Each team will be allowed to use a Uniform Waiver Form for a maximum of 3 times throughout the season. If a team needs to use a Uniform Waiver form the following process must be completed:
- The manager of the team will receive 3 Uniform Waiver forms at the beginning of the season
- The manager must then have a league officer or umpire sign the Uniform Waiver prior to the completion of the first inning. The waiver will be good for the entire night and for that night only.
- If a team is in violation of the Uniform rule outlined above and does not have the Uniform Waiver form signed, a forfeit will be posted by that team regardless of the number of players available. It is the opposing team’s responsibility to register the protest with the umpire prior to the beginning of the game. Once the game has started, teams will be allowed to finish the game and the results will stand.
- Players who show up late for game without the uniform will not be allowed to enter the game until the proper uniform is obtained.
- Umpires will prevent the player from entering a game, however, in the event that an umpire does not, it is the responsibility of the opposing team to register an immediate protest.
- Players will not be allowed to switch uniforms.
- The final warning regarding uniforms will be given at the last league meeting prior to the beginning of the season. Any team or player not in compliance with the uniform rule will not be allowed to play in the league, no exceptions.
- It is recommended that no jewelry be worn while playing.
- All equipment must be USA or league approved.
- No steel spikes nor steel tipped spikes may be worn for league play.
- It is recommended that each team carry a complete first aid kit.
- Blood rules are in effect.
- Players who are bleeding will be required to leave the game until the wound is covered.
- The official bat in USA Championship Play must meet all of the requirements of USA Rule 3, Section 1 and:
- Must bear either the USA approved 2020 certification mark or the USA 2020 certification mark, and must not be listed on an USA non-approved list, and must be included on a list of approved bat models published by the USA National Office; or must, in the sole opinion and discretion of the umpire, have been manufactured prior to 2000 and if tested, would comply with the USA bat performance standards then in effect.
- All titanium bats are illegal in the Sioux Falls Men’s Slow pitch league, both summer and fall.
- All bats will be provided a sticker that must be present on the bats at all times in league play. Any bat without a sticker, regardless of compliance or not, will not be allowed in the game. Stickers will be made available.
- Teams caught using illegal bats will be subject to sever penalties including but not limited to ejection from league, forfeit of games, fines, time suspension and/or any combination of the previous.
- Random USA compression bat tests will be conducted by the UIC’s throughout the season.
- Anyone wishing to file a protest towards a bat must present a $50 fee to the board. If that bat passes our compression tester, the $50 fee is forfeited. If the bat doesn’t pass the tester, the sticker will be removed from the bat and the $50 fee will be returned to the protester.
- The official ball for the league is the Dudley, .52 core, 300 pound compression optical yellow, synthetic leather ball. NO SUBSTITUTES.
- Each team Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be provided 12 of the league balls at the beginning of the season. Thursday night teams will be provided 18 balls. Fall league teams will be given 6 balls.
- Teams will provide all balls for the game. Umpires will determine the play-ability of each ball.
- Teams will provide a game ball to the opposing pitcher prior to the start of the inning they are scheduled to bat. Teams will also be responsible to supply a ball should the game ball be hit out of play as the result of a home run or foul.
- Once a ball is provided and put into play, no new ball can be substituted unless the ball is knocked out of play, hit over the fence, or deemed unplayable by an umpire.
- Teams who do not supply a ball during a game, will result in a forfeit for that game.
Beginning January 1, 2004, all bats in USA Championship Play must pass the USA 2004 bat standard. All bats having the 2004 certification mark will be allowed in USA Championship Play. Bats that have the 2000 certification mark will not be allowed in USA Championship Play unless they are listed on an approved bat list on the USA website. For convenience, the ASA website has a listing of bats that do not pass the USA 2004 bat standard.
2004 and Beyond Approved Bats (Updated:4/2/2009)
For a list of bats that have been tested and found to comply with the USA bat performance standards, and therefore are authorized to bear the USA 2004 certification mark and/or are authorized for use in USA Championship Play beginning January 1, 2004, please click on the link below. Manufacturers continue to submit additional bat models for testing, and the USA will update this list as test results become available.
USA NON Approved Bats.
For information on which bats are illegal please see this link
The list of bats not approved are located at the following links:
Bats no longer grandfathered in to USA softball:
The USA Softball Association (USA) no longer displays every bat made by bat manufacturers that do not comply with current USA bat standards. If you want to know what bats are approved for use in USA Championship Play, follow one of the steps below.
Check the approved list located in the drop down boxes above and search by the specific manufacturer or select all check for either the 2000 or 2004 USA Certification Mark (both depicted above) and then be sure the bat is not listed on the PDF’s above as a banned bat by USA (Note: The lists above are broken up into two PDF’s to help umpires in the NCAA and the NFHS because of their minor rule differences.
Please be sure to read the specific USA rules surrounding bats (a portion of which is located above) for a comprehensive review. Please remember that all bats that do not bear an USA certification mark remain non approved unless they were made prior to 2000 and in the sole discretion of the umpire would pass USA certification test if tested. Local USA leagues and tournaments not conducted as part of USA Championship Play may alter USA playing rules as they see fit.
The USA periodically and randomly tests samples of bat models bearing the USA approved certification mark to verify compliance with the USA bat performance standards. Below are links for press releases announcing results of compliance testing as well as FAQ’s regarding bat models withdrawn from USA Championship play until further notice. The “USA Banned Bats” link above contains the most up-to-date listing of bat models withdrawn from USA Championship play. Models placed on that list will be allowed for use in ASA Championship play if they bear the USA re-certification mark (shown in the link below).